My Bunny Lies over the Sea

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My Bunny Lies over the Sea
Merrie Melodies/Bugs Bunny series
My Bunny Lies over the Sea title card.png
Title card for My Bunny Lies over the Sea
Directed by Charles M. Jones
Produced by Eddie Selzer
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Layouts by Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds by Peter Alvarado
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) December 4, 1948 (United States)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes 29 seconds
Language English
Preceded by A-Lad-In His Lamp
Followed by Hare Do

My Bunny Lies over the Sea, a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies (Blue Ribbon reissued in the beginning, with the original Merrie Melodies ending card) cartoon, was released on December 4, 1948. This theatrical cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. Mel Blanc played both Bugs Bunny and the Scotsman. Some of the animators included Ken Harris, Lloyd Vaughan, and Phil Monroe.

The title is an obvious play on the second line of the old song, "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean". The seven minute short has been released on DVD multiple times in different compilation discs, and as of 2003 is available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1. And, though this cartoon was the Scotsman's (named Angus MacRory) only theatrical appearance, he also made his second major role in "It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World" episode (released on February 3, 1996) in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. The Scotsman can briefly be seen on a couple of Animaniacs episodes. He can also be seen in the 1996 hit film, Space Jam, watching the Tunesquad/Michael Jordan basketball game.

Plot synopsis[edit]

This cartoon begins as Bugs Bunny once again gets lost when he is tunneling to his vacation spot. He accidentally ends up in Scotland, instead of the La Brea Tar Pits. Upon his arrival, he tells himself that, like always, he "knew I should have made that left toin at Albahkoiky!" and mistakes a Scotsman named Angus MacRory dressed in traditional clothes and playing the bagpipes for a lady being attacked by a "horrible monster". Bugs Bunny jumps MacRory trying to rescue the "woman", and in the process he smashes his bagpipes into little pieces. MacRory becomes enraged that his bagpipes have been absolutely ruined and the angered MacRory threatens Bugs, who discovers that MacRory is actually a man, to which MacRory responds "Certain I'm a man! And what's wrrrong with that?!" to which Bugs responds "What's wrong?!" and then tells the audience "'What's wrong' he says." and then points out that MacRory can't wear a kilt (since it's obviously mistaken for a skirt) making it "indecent". MacRory is confused about the situation until Bugs comes back with a barrel and puts it on MacRory:"It ain't got no two pair o' pants, but it'll do till you get home." Bugs then asks MacRory for the directions to the "La Brea Tar Pits in Los Ahn-galays", irritating MacRory even further until he runs and gets a blunderbuss and points out "There are no La Brrrea Tarrr Pits in Scotland!!". When Bugs realizes the location he is in, he bids MacRory "Eh, what's up, MacDoc?" and runs for it just as MacRory shoots. MacRory chases after the bullet and picks it up, revealing to the audience "It's been in the family for yearrs," puts the bullet back into his gun, and shoots at Bugs repeatedly, who dives back into his hole and comes back out disguised as an elderly Scotsman accusing MacRory of "poachin' on my prrroperty!". MacRory doesn't believe him however, telling him, "Yon bunny rrrabbit dinnae belong to you!" and challenges him to a traditional Scottish duel—a game. Bugs, upon hearing this, sets up a card game. MacRory corrects him, stating the challenge is a game of golf. Bugs then asks MacRory if he ever "gets tired of running them 18 bases".

Of course, throughout the game of golf Bugs Bunny manages to outsmart MacRory. On the first hole, Bugs, upon his first stroke, digs another hole to earn a hole in one. Bugs then nails MacRory's ball to the tee so he can't hit the ball, although MacRory still gets a hole in one anyway. At hole 8, MacRory laughs at Bugs who has fallen short of the hole. Bugs however turns his club into a pool cue and pots the ball into the hole, causing MacRory to break his club in half in anger. Later, after being seen hitting his ball out of a bunker multiple times to get his ball in hole 16, Bugs figures out through imaginary sums in the air how many hits it took. He says he got 2 strokes on the hole. MacRory, not believing Bugs at all, corrects him, yelling, "TWO? FIFTY-FIVE!" An auction ensues until MacRory gives Bugs one point as his "final offer". At the last hole, MacRory gets a hole in one. Bugs however misses and digs a channel with his club for the ball to roll into the hole. When it's all said and done, Bugs Bunny declares himself the winner, much to the Scotsman's wrath, taking Bug's action as "cheating". However, MacRory accepts defeat after Bugs clears himself of cheating, but still claims that he can't be beaten when it comes to playing bagpipes. After playing, he dares Bugs to "Trry and top that!" which the rabbit does by literally dressing like a Scot and in the manner of a one-man band, manages to not only play the bagpipes, but also a trombone, saxophone, trumpet, two clarinets, cymbals on his feet, and a bass drum with his ears. Bugs takes one last glimpse at the audience before an iris-out.

Other Appearances[edit]

The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries: The Scotsman from the cartoon makes his second major role in the "It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World" episode. His full name, "Angus MacCrory" is revealed. He is revealed to be Granny's fourth cousin twice removed.

Animaniacs: In the Dot's Quiet Time segment, When Dot is in Scotland, having finally found a quiet place, the Scotsman walks by Dot playing his bagpipes, disturbing her. In the Hurray for Slappy segment, he can be spotted in the crowd at the end of the short.

Space Jam: The Scotsman from the cartoon can be spotted on the bleachers watching the basketball playoff between the Toon Squad and the Monstars.

Censorship[edit]

  • The version of this cartoon shown on CBS in the 1970s/1980s cut the part after the Scotsman MacRory shoots his blunderbuss at Bugs where the bullet falls, MacRory picks it up, and asides to the audience that, "It's been in the family for years".

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Preceded by
A-Lad-In His Lamp
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1948
Succeeded by
Hare Do